John Creedon respected RTE DJ and ‘All-Ireland Talent Show’Judge Took a Notion Review
‘Fashions come and go, but style is eternal’ they say. In that case, Brendan O’ Sullivan’s ‘Took a Notion’ is an album wirh a shelf-life of infinity ! The tunes are a subtle weave of moods that take the listener from the Himalayas (courtesy of Steve Hanks flutes and clarinet on Cat’s cauldron) to the snowy hills of Kerry (courtesy of Brendan’s playing on his own tune ‘Snowflesk’). Brendan has surrounded himself with Ireland’s finest musicians and it really shows, particularly on ‘Shannon’ which features the remarkably sensitive voice of Sarah Haude. Get ‘Took a Notion’ for your music shelf. I don’t expect it will gather too much dust !
Paddy Days- Sarajevo Style!
Brendan will be performing as lead soloist with a small group of fabulous musicians from all over the country in Sarajevo for St.Patricks Day representing Ireland in a International showcase that promises to shine a bright light on our little country in Eastern Europe.
‘Took a Notion’- the debut cd from Riverdance fiddler Brendan O’Sullivan was launched this year in Dublin and Kerry. The Odessa Club, a stylish venue in the heart of Dublin’s city centre provided the ideal location for a night of lively eclectic music and song featuring newly composed songs and tunes performed by world-class musicians and some surprise guests such as Eoin Dillon from Kila and some fiery steps from Anthony Fallon from Riverdance.
Final plans are now been made for concerts in Cork, Mayo and Longford for the new year.
After twenty years in the business as a member of several successful musical collaborations, Brendan has finally put together his own CD with the help of some well seasoned musos.
Mixing Irish Traditional and World music styles, including new compositions and old favourites, ‘Took a Notion’ provides a variety of tastes for the listener to savour. Old and new Irish melodies are melded together with music from Denmark, France and the UK. Original compositions bear the hallmark of influences from Latin America, Africa and of course Irish music. Arrangements tip their to hat to world of Classical, Country Rock, Eastern Europe, India and Jazz music. An effort is made to acknowledge the rich heritage of Irish music and its indelible influence on this artist while recognising the many musical choices of the world we now live in.
‘Took a Notion’ was launched on Thursday June 3rd in the Sol Y Sumbra Tapas restaurant venue, a beautifully restored Church in the heart Killorglin, Co. Kerry. This idyllic location provided the venue for an electric night of lively music.
With a packed audience providing the audience, Brendan and a six-piece band including four guest singers, kept toes tapping and eyes and ears peeled with tracks from the album.